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Thousands take part in motorcycle ride in memory of Hairy Biker Dave Myers

Thousands of motorcyclists set off on a ride from London to Cumbria in memory of the late Hairy Biker Dave Myers.

Myers, one half of the motorcycle-riding TV chef duo, died in February, aged 66, after being diagnosed with cancer.

Fellow Hairy Biker Si King estimated that 20,000 people will take part in Saturday’s event, which is called Dave Day. King described it as “a celebration of my best friend that we’ve lost”.

The ride will see thousands of motorcyclists make the journey from the capital to Myer’s coastal home town of Barrow-in-Furness. Supporters will cheer the riders along the route and a music concert and service of remembrance will also take place.

The day will raise funds for charities NSPCC and the Institute of Cancer Research.

King told BBC Breakfast the event was “very emotional” and people had come together because they loved Myers.

Speaking of the crowd of bikers gathered in Hawaiian shirts around him in north-west London on Saturday morning, he said it was “pretty amazing”, adding: “Everybody’s got that lovely Dave sartorial elegance about them, ie dodgy shirt. Some of them have had them specially printed, it’s remarkable. I mean, you wouldn’t buy a second-hand car from them, would you?”

King added: “It’s a celebration of my best friend that we’ve lost. And, yeah, it is, it’s very emotional.

“You never know how these things are going to impact you, you know, it is a celebration of Dave’s life.

“That’s why we’re here because he was so irritatingly positive all of the time. And we love him and that’s why we’re here.”

He also said cancer is a “ruthless disease”, adding it “doesn’t care who it takes. And that’s part of the reason that we’re here”.

Stan, one of the bikers taking part in the day told BBC Breakfast he was diagnosed a year ago with cancer and said the day would be “phenomenal”.

People have travelled from across the world to take part in the event.

Myers’s widow Lili Myers told the programme: “We have people coming from all over the country. We have people coming from Texas, from Malaysia, from all over Europe.

“Oh, it’s endearing. It just helps me go through my process of grief. Because it just makes me feel that I’m not on my own with all this.

“He always cooked, that was his territory. I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, just to clean the kitchen and, I tell you, he would cook for an hour, I will clean for two. He knew how to create a moment. That was his forte.”

Keni Carrington, 70, who travelled from France and is riding to Barrow told the BBC her husband of 35 years, Chris, who was also a biker, died last June following a cancer diagnosis.

“Chris was my soulmate and he would love to have done this ride for Dave Myers,” she said.

Dave Day organiser Jason Woodcock said the people in Barrow have been “amazing”, offering spare rooms and gardens for people to camp in as there is no accommodation left.

Additional reporting by PA news agency

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